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Having said that, we in the community aren't always the most friendly/positive bunch - I hang out a lot at the Berkshire board, where it seems that entering with a "TMF" nick is an invitation to attack.

"Entering" is the key word here. The particular TMF attacks I have seen have occured when said TMF, who had not been a particularly active or contributing member of the community appears with the apparent notion that the community should subordinate its work and discussions to the TMF's work and topics of interest.

It's a social gaffe, a breach of etiquette.

Engaging the community is not "I could do this myself, but I'll be charitable and let you help me," but rather "Here's some ideas I have had. I notice that XX and YY have mentioned ZZZ before, but I am more inclined to believe WWW to be the case and here's why: ... Does anyone have any comments?"

Big, big difference.

--Boffo
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